Weekend Getaway: Wenatchee, Washington

One of the many great things about Summer is the traveling and adventuring that allows you to just go out and explore.  For a day, for a week, or more, adventure is out there.

For a Washingtonian you would most likely think I have been to just about every part of Washington.  But you’d be wrong.  It is my goal this summer to explore the many different parts of Washington that I have never seen before, or was too young to even remember it. Checking one destination off that list, I spent a short fun-filled weekend in Wenatchee, Washington.

Who knew you could see so many sights in Wenatchee?  One of my favorite parts about the 24 hour trip was driving through Wenatchee National Forest and Stevens Pass.  Seeing so many trees, rivers, and mountains, it all reminds me just how appreciative I am to be able to call the Pacific Northwest my home.

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After a 3 hour drive to Wenatchee, I was ready to get out of the car and wander around downtown.  What I didn’t realize by sitting in a cool, air-conditioned car for 3 hours was that it was nearly 100 degrees in Wenatchee.  Since when is Washington ever this hot in June?  The second I stepped out of the car I felt like I was in Death Valley, California.  You know that feeling of sitting in a steam room and thinking that going into a sauna would be a slightly refreshing way to lower the heat even by just a little?  Well, walking around anywhere in Wenatchee even at 6pm felt like permanently walking around in a sauna or steam room, even in the shade.  With sweat dripping off of me, and feeling as if I were 1,000 degrees, I could not wait to get to the hotel to jump in the pool and cool off.

Finally getting to the Best Western Inn by 9pm after the obligatory Red Robin dinner stop, I was able to cool off in the pool.  It was probably one of the greatest feelings.  Like the feeling a big, furry dog feels while sitting in a desert and finally being able to jump into a cool river.  It was awesome.

The next day was even better than the first.  I was finally able to meet up for lunch with relatives that I haven’t seen in what has felt like a decade.  McGlinn’s Public House downtown was the perfect little restaurant to enjoy good food and good company.

After lunch it was time to head back home.  But how can you not stop in Leavenworth on your way home?  Having only driven through Leavenworth a few times, it felt almost necessary to stop and walk through the town.  With it still being nearly 100 degrees outside, every restaurant in the town was misting water over their outdoor seating areas, and the river was nearly packed with people.  Summer is officially here.

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After sitting outside at one of the restaurants, it felt great to be able to walk in the cool, mountain temperature water of the river.  Enjoying a good refresher with a view, why wish to be anywhere else?

Before starting a crazy schedule of work, events and making time for a social life, I enjoyed the perfect weekend getaway that didn’t even cost me an airplane ticket.